20 Most Effective Ways To Overcome Multitasking Problems And Focus More
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15. Build fences


At work, it’s up to you to control your environment—to “build fences” to keep potential distractions, such as noise and pop-ups, at bay. Rather than blame technology (think your computer and smart-phone) or nearby colleagues, take control of your workspace and gadgets.

For example, before a conference call, close your door or put a “Quiet” Post-it note outside your cubicle. Mute all chimes, ringers, and pings, and turn off visual alerts and social media messaging.

16. Don’t wait for inspiration/procrastinate – do it now.

Some artists wait for inspiration to strike. Some writers sit around, waiting for writer’s block to subside. Business people don’t attend to serious tasks if they aren’t in a perfect work environment.

With mindfulness, you don’t have to feel like getting something done to do it. Notice the thoughts and feelings that arise while you work from an outside perspective. Don’t let them govern your actions.

Acknowledge your emotions and daydreams and let them go. Start tasks, even when you feel unsure, and trust your motivation to follow.

17. Give yourself a break

Catch yourself staring at your computer? Literally, just staring at it? Probably time for a break. Studies show taking brief breaks during a task can improve focus. So walk around the block, get up and do some jumping jacks, or take five minutes to face the wall and breathe deep.

18. Make the most of waiting times

It happens to everyone: we wait in lines, waiting rooms, airport terminals, train stations, etc.

Answer emails on your phone, catch up on missed phone calls, stretch/exercise, relax or meditate. Carry a book/Kindle with you and read. Listen to podcasts on your phone.

Don’t let unexpected queues catch you unprepared.

19. Add a “done list” to your to-do list.

Sometimes, unexpected tasks just pop up during the day. Jot them down in a separate list next to your to-dos for some extra satisfaction at the end of the day.

On Sunday, revisit your accomplishments from the previous week and congratulate yourself on your successes. This review period will increase your confidence and help you create the next week’s schedule.

20. Final Thought Say “I can do it” to Yourself

You can do. Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself every minute, every second.

Think this task is a vital. No matter how boring it is, complete this task. Trust yourself.

Everything starts with your confidence, remember!

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. — Jimmy Carter
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